IMES Group expects to create an initial 10 jobs with the launch of a new business designed to enhance offshore safety and integrity.
The Aberdeen-based company has made a six-figure investment in its Marine Safety Systems (MSS) division with six jobs already created and a further four to follow by the end of the year.
IMES has appointed respected industry figure, Colin Cunningham, to head up the new MSS business as operations director. With more than 35 years’ oil and gas experience, Colin brings a wealth of industry knowledge having most recently worked as global director of launch and recovery systems at Survitec Group.
Prior to that, Colin was operations director for marine and offshore operations at Cosalt Offshore. He has also performed senior roles, both in the UK and internationally, specialising in the global marine safety sector.
Initially located at the company’s Bridge of Don headquarters, IMES plans to move its MSS division to a dedicated facility in the north-east by the end of the year to support expected growth.
IMES MSS offers a full package of safety equipment services, from initial design through to lifetime support encompassing lifeboats, davits, winches, release hook systems and fast rescue craft. These are manufactured and built in compliance with the European Marine Directive and in full compliance with the latest SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) and LSA (Life-saving Appliances) regulations.
The company will also provide multi-skilled technicians to complete annual lifting equipment inspection simultaneously with lifeboat and davit inspection and testing. Typically, these operations would be carried out by separate teams; creating the potential for vital safety issues to go undetected.
Rod Buchan, executive chairman at IMES Group, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Colin on board at what is an extremely exciting time for the business. We feel there is a real gap in the market for the kind of service offered by the new Marine Safety Systems division and have already received a positive response from prospective clients.
“As part of our strategic growth plan, we are actively expanding into adjacent spaces around our core business. We see moving into the marine safety systems area as a natural fit given the extensive subsea and marine knowledge possessed by our team as well as the company’s range of industry-recognised accreditations.”
Colin Cunningham said: “I’m extremely pleased to have joined a business with such a strong reputation in the marketplace as IMES in order to help drive the growth of this new division.
“The launch of MSS will bring significant cost savings to businesses across the oil and gas and commercial marine industries as well as an increased level of technical assurance. By bringing together lifting and marine inspections, we can provide clients with cost efficiencies in excess of 15% with additional savings in both time and mobilisation.
“While our primary focus is the oil and gas and commercial marine industries in and around Aberdeen, I see real potential for this service to take off in other parts of the country – particularly around IMES’ existing UK operational locations.”
IMES MSS has been formally recognised for its commitment to offshore marine safety operations having gained accreditations with DNV GL and Lloyds Register for the provision of inspection, servicing and maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear.